Countdown to 2015:

Goal 2

Achieve Universal Primary Education


Target 2.A:

Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

2.1 Net enrolment ratio in primary education
2.2 Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
2.3 Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men

Success Stories

In sub-Saharan Africa, school fees consume nearly a quarter of a poor family's income, paying not only for tuition, but also indirect fees such as Parent-Teacher Association and community contributions, textbook fees, compulsory uniforms and other charges. Fees are keeping school children out of the classrooms...more >>>

quick facts

• 28 million more children are able to attend school since 1999. But 75 million still miss out on education-34 million boys and 41 million girls.

• More than 90% of children in developing countries are enrolled in primary schools and 54% attend secondary school.